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Language Professionals’ Networking Event is back on Thursday 29th October 2020, with the following programme:

  • 6.30pm Uk time: The virtual doors open
  • 6.35pm: Welcome by the host
  • 6.40pm: James Bowden: The basics of Braille. What the dots are capable of
  • 7pm: 30-second intro pitches
  • 7.20pm onwards: Structured networking, exchange of contact details, drinks, great conversations

About the speaker:

We’re pleased to announce that James Bowden, Braille technical officer from Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has accepted our invitation to speak at our October event. RNIB is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.

Having studied mathematics and computer science at university, James’s background is in software development. Projects he worked on included speech synthesis (TTS) and Braille transcription software. In his current role as RNIB’s Braille Technical Officer, James is involved in digitising Braille books, as well as improving the accuracy of Braille transcription. He currently serves as the UK representative to the International Council on English Braille.

James is a Braille reader himself and uses Braille daily, including for his interests of music and computing.

Here is what to expect from James:

Braille is not a language. It’s a code. In this talk, we will look a little at the basics of Braille, a little history, the alphabet in Braille, what Braille can do, how it is adapted for different languages and about how it is produced. Bring your questions and we look forward to an informative discussion.

Host Gabriella explains more here:

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NEW: Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis to give you the freedom to choose. Each Pay What You Can ticket includes a donation to support the pioneering research work of Moorfields Eye Charity, making a difference for patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital and for people with sight problems around the world. Every little helps.


Come along, be part of this initiative, and enjoy an evening with like-minded language professionals.

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